Posted: 11:49 am Friday, February 10th, 2017
By Jamie Dupree
Hours after the Senate voted along party lines to approve his nomination early Friday, veteran Georgia Republican Tom Price turned in his title as a member of Congress, and took over as the head of the Department of Health and Human Services, ready to lead major changes in the Obama health law.
“Dr. Price is uniquely qualified to step into this leading role during this time of reform in the life of health care in America,” said Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over Price’s swearing-in ceremony.
“President Trump has made it a top priority of this new Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act,” the Vice President added.
So far, Republicans have talked a lot in private about what they should do, but have not forged a plan to bring to the floor of the House or Senate for a vote.
As HHS chief, Price may be able to play a major role in the shaping of that legislation, as well as in administrative changes in the Obama health law.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) February 10, 2017
— Tom Graves (@RepTomGraves) February 10, 2017
The job though, may not be easy, as Price knows from his time in Congress, when he was one of the few lawmakers to introduce legislative plans on health care reform – but Republicans have never brought any of those to a vote.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.